Issues and Images in the Philosophy of Science: Scientific and Philosophical Essays for Azarya Polikarov (Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History
By: Robert S. Cohen (author), Dimitri Ginev (author)Hardback
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In this volume of philosophical and scientific essays, 24 authors from a dozen countries, East and West, explore issues in the theoretical practices of the sciences, with particular attention to theoretical physics. Likewise they set forth differing images of scientific interactions with philosophy. The topics include realism and anti-realism, hermeneutics and ontology of science, cognitive dynamics, indeterminacy, symmetries and explanations, a systems approach to classification of scientific knowledge and research, constructivism and relativism, explaining scientific revolutions, Nietzsche on science in the light of art, Aristotle today, methodological observations on communicating with extra-terrestrial intelligence, and the human right to know. The volume is dedicated to the Bulgarian philosopher of science, Azarya Polikarov; it includes an essay on his philosophical stand, and a full Polikarov bibliography.
Introduction D. Ginev. Who Needs Aristotle? J. Agasssi. Naive Realism and Naive Antirealism; E. Agazzi. Against Postmodernism and the `New' Philosophy of Science: Nietzsche's Image of Science in the Light of Art; B.E. Babich. On the Validity of von Neumann's Theorem; E. Bitsakis. Explaining Scientific Revolutions; R.N. Giere. Micro- and Macro-Hermeneutics of Science; D. Ginev. The Redundancy of Spacetime: Special Relativity as a Grammar and the Strangeness of `c'; R. Harre. Context, Hermeneutics, and Ontology in the Experimental Sciences; P.A. Heelan. Cognitive Dynamics and the Development of Science; W.E. Herfel, C.A. Hooker. Methodical Constructivism; P. Janich. Hermeneutic vs. Empiricist Philosophy of Science; J.J. Kockelmans. Must the Explanans be True? W. Krajewski. Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence: SETI and Scientific Methodology; D. Lamb. Since Indeterminacy: The New Picture of the Physical World at the End of Modernity; R. Queralto. The Dynamics of Science; F. Rapp. The Law of Logarithmic Returns and its Implications; N. Rescher. The Human Right to Know and the Reality of Knowledge; H.J. Sandkuhler. Kuhn's Ontological Relativism; H. Sankey. The Problem of Reduction in the Theory of Special Relativity; E. Scheibe. Symmetries and Explanations: The Lessons of Elementary Particle Physics; M. Stoeckler. Cognition as a Science; L. Tondl. System Approach to the Problem of the Classification of Sciences and Scientific Researches; A.I. Uyemov. Appendix: Azarya Polikarov: Selected Books and Articles.
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